Council #13639 – Sarasota, Fl

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August 2021 Schedule

August 3rd   Tuesday
Officer’s Meeting in Room 10 of St. George Center
at 7:00 PM.

  • August 10th Tuesday
    Council Meeting in Room 10 of St. George Center
    at 7:00 PM.  Wives are welcome to attend.
    Something to eat & drink after the meeting???
    We will discuss at Officer’s Meeting.
  • August 24th Tuesday
    Rosary in front of the Shrine for the Unborn at 6:30 PM.
    followed by potluck social in the Conference Room of
    Parish Office.
  •  August 27th      Thursday

4th Degree Assembly Meeting

6:15pm   St Joesphs , Knights Hall Bradenton, Fl


While it was awarded a few weeks before my tenure began, I wanted to recognize some individuals that deserve a huge round of applause for the impact they have made with us this past year.

Congratulations goes to

Knight of the Year: Jack Mc Neely,

Family of the Year: The Maffettones, Chris & Maureen,

and a Special

Grand Knight’s Award to Pat Theilen.

Thank you all for the dedication and passion you have to serve our Council, Parish, and Community.

Knights of Columbus
117th Convention
Florida State Council
May, 28-30, 2021







Laps for Life 5k – $29,038 Raised


Knights of Columbus : New Master Dinner   

January 5, 2019







Special Olympics: Presentation of Giving



Baseball Schedule 2019


Sarasota Laps for Life   –   5k Race     October 6, 2018

Good news. Over $12000 was raised. It was a big success!




K of C Activities

Knights of Columbus – Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Council 13639

The Knights of Columbus is the largest worldwide Catholic men’s fraternity dedicated to supporting the clergy and the family. We of Council #13639 proudly serve the parish of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Sarasota FL.

In the late 1800’s, when the family breadwinner died, the widow and children struggled to keep the family together. A New Haven, Connecticut parish priest, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, asked his predominantly Irish immigrant parishioners to help solve this problem. They created an organization that would financially help the widows of members who died. Today, Fr. McGivney is under consideration for sainthood, and his organization, the Knights of Columbus, is still growing.

Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. Our Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are unequivocal in our loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on Earth. We are firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. These were the bedrock principles that the Order was founded on over a century ago, and we remain true to them today. The larger worldwide Knights of Columbus organization is active in several countries, financially supports seminarians, has established several charitable organizations, and pays for the world-wide satellite transmission of the Papal Midnight Mass on Christmas and Easter.

Membership is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. If you are interested in joining us, please speak with a Knight to learn more about our order. We will gladly answer any question you may have and assist you on your journey to Knighthood. We strive to do charitable works, both within our Parish and for the needy elsewhere, thereby serving the Church and following its teachings. Listed below are some of the service activities our council members at OLQM are involved with, both within the parish and in the surrounding community.



Eucharistic Ministers


Altar Servers

Help with spaghetti dinners to raise funds for OLQM parish

Sacristan – opening the church and dressing the altar for Mass

Take communion to the homebound

Faith Formation religious education instructors


Nursing home visits – taking care of friends and family

Caregivers for aging parents

Help with the parish picnic


Computer help for seniors

Toys for Tots – help packing up orders for needy kids at Christmas

Helping aged parishioners get to church

Volunteer at community preparedness project

Prison ministry

Volunteer at Resurrection House homeless support facility

Help coach at local Special Olympics events for the mentally/physically challenged


Tootsie Roll drive fundraiser to help the mentally/physically challenged

Family breakfast fundraisers

Superbowl BBQ dinner fundraiser

Staff concession stand at Orioles spring training games (council gets a percent of sales)


Provide the OLQM youth group with bicycles for charity raffles

Help with the Faith Formation Family Night Pot Luck to raise money for the religious education programs

Provide recognition of Youth Ministers (e.g., altar servers, lectors, hospitality ministers)

Culture of Life

Host Rosary at the shrine for the unborn

Support 40 Days of Respect for Life by praying the Rosary outside abortion clinics

Council Charitable Contributions from Fundraisers

Quarterly donations to OLQM parish

Christmas gifts to OLQM parish priests

Monthly stipend donation to support a seminarian

Pro Life Across America

Southeastern Guide Dogs

St. Mary’s Catholic School and Manatee County Special Olympics from Tootsie Roll Drive collection

Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids

Veterans’ Day Memorial Mass at Sarasota National Cemetery

Culture of Life Family Services for help with unplanned pregnancies

How to Join

Please contact our Grand Knight, Kevin Oatman (941-549-0403) or a brother Knight to request a Form 100 Membership Application.

Once we receive your application, a brother Knight will reach out to you to answer any questions you may have. Your application will be subject to a vote in our next council meeting. Once your application has been approved, we will contact you to arrange for you to attend your First Degree, which is the first stage of initiation in our order. Once you have completed your First Degree, you are a member of the Knights of Columbus.

During your first year as a member, a First Year Mentor will be assigned as your guide and resource to ensure you are acclimated into the council and become involved.

Knights of Columbus — In Service To One. In Service To All


Knights of Columbus History


Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless. In 2016, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 18th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from $175 million in 2015 to a new total of $177,500,673 in 2016. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2016, volunteering more than 75 million hours of service